It was at the break of the culture being hipster conscience. Casey Kasem gave Ryan Seacrest the reins of "American Top 40." Janet Jackson's nipple managed to show us all what tight-asses we are while making broadcaster's lives a living hell. San Fransisco began issuing same-sex marriage licences. The third "Lord of the Rings" film won best picture. We were still at war in Iraq, but, ya know...some things never change.
2004 was an unquiet year, which is why it may be really easy to forget how much amazing music came out that year. It was a game-changing year full of debut albums from bands still with us today and some who had hit their one high-water mark. Sounds were changing in a particular way that redefined cool. It may have even been the death rattle of what many would now consider traditional guitar rock, just don't tell Dave Grohl.
The same year that Google gave us Gmail gave us these artists albums and songs. Take them in and ask yourself: is music better today, or are we being sentimental.
Arcade Fire "Funeral" - Not their debut album, but the one bringing them to a mass amount of minds. "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)", "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Wake Up" are the first big tracks that come to mind. We learned about a new type of soulfulness. We learned new ways to scream "Whoaaaaaaoohhhh oooohhh." We learned these Canadians really loved parentheses. It had been maybe since Rage Against the Machine's self-titled album since there was that much passion in an entire album, only in an completely different key. Buy it here.
The Killers "Hot Fuss" - Sure, they can claim a Las Vegas heritage and write songs about neon graveyards all they like, but the first time X96 played "Somebody Told Me" (and we were on of the first, it not the first) to do so, they frenzy began. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine", All These Things That I've Done" with Mr. Flowers telling us about souls and soldiers. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" had this slick, echo from a garage that sounded like a marble confessional. For the ambitious fans , we tracked down the import versions so we could enjoy the anthem that is "Clamorous Indie Rock & Roll. Buy it here.
The Dresden Dolls "Dresden Dolls" - Technically released in 2003, but eh, it was re-released in 2004 under a bigger label. This was something completely unexpected. Completely theatrical, not dark, but certainly not light. You can really make the entire adjective stew here: sexy, broken, antique, bold, mysterious, and on and on. And it was all the work of a vaudevillian two-piece: Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione of Boston. While everyone will remember "Coin Operated Boy" it was "Girl Anachronism" that gave me chills. Something this driving was eventually going off a cliff and it did when they took a hiatus in 2008. Let's hope it ends sooner than later. Buy it here.
Franz Ferdinand "Franz Ferdinand" - So damn dancy and catchy with some eroticism thrown in at time. Were people in love with the music of Alex Kapranos' hair? "Jacqueline was 17, working on a desk when I..." You can't start an album out like pop song written by Humbert Humbert, but they did and when the strumming started you got steam-rolled punk guitar that roll into the lyrics and spirit of the French New Wave. That's just the opening track. I haven't even mentioned "Take Me Out", "The Dark of the Matinee" or my favorite "40'." Buy it here.
Interpol "Antics" - Sure it was easy to say, "They sound like Joy Divison." And yeah, they do, but Ian Curtis is gone and New Order sure didn't have the same sound, so stop complaining. This album was and is fascinating. The casualness of these songs led into some driving choruses that immediately raise your pulse. The chorus in "Narc":
Feast your eyes, I'm the only one Control me, console me 'Cause that's just how it should be done...
You should be in my space. You should be in my life...
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch would have asked to be lashed then tossed his pen and parchment away...or typewriter. Whatever writers wrote with at the time. Key tracks like "Not Even Jail", the opener "Next" and of course "Evil." Fantastic, downtrodden, self-inflicting music. It sounds even better when it's dark and raining outside.
Oh, and this one...
Buy it here.
Keane "Hopes & Fears" - Okay, maybe I am getting soft on this one and it took me about 6 years to enjoy this album, but my sentimental side forced me. "Somewhere Only We Know" and "Everybody's Changing" have pretty relevant meaning no matter where you are in life. There is a stench of the genuine article in this album and that is a hard thing to do in music. Get this album out if it has been a while. Buy it here.
Modest Mouse "Good New For People Who Love Bad News" - Modest Mouse was always a band my friends just talked about, but I never paid mind to. That all changed when X96 received an advance of "Float On." I had heard their named dropped, so I didn't stick it in the "listen later" pile. I gave it a shot. Three minutes and twenty-nine minutes later I was busting into the studio during Todd's airshift demanding we put it into rotation. I had no doubt I would be a Modest Mouse fan. When we finally snagged a copy of the full album and I saw it contained a song called, "Bukowski" the deal was sealed. Hopefully the rumors Modest Mouse is in the studio are true. Buy it here.
Razorlight "Up All Night" - Yeah, you mostly likely haven't heard of this one, but if you like The Libertines and Keane you dig this. There are a Beatles-like simplicity in this collection of songs. The lyrics are perhaps a bit trite, but it really works. "Golden Touch", "Rock 'n' Roll Lies" and "Which Way Is Out" are all pretty forgettable song titles until you hear them. It's just a really solid album. Buy it here.
Rilo Kiley "More Adventurous" - I'mm sorry, but the new Jenny Lewis album is so disappointing. A collection of songs preaching the over-preached. Perhaps society needs to hear it, but I don't. I get it. I tried to force myself and honestly couldn't put my ears through it, so I went back to this album. It's cheeky and original. It sounds like music from the Northwest but without the overwrought pretentiousness. Also, not all of Lewis' solo music is bad. To the contrary. It doesn't beat the feeling this album give you with the headphones on. "Potions For Foxes" is a great one here as well. Buy it here.
Say Anything "...Is A Real Boy" - Wow! Did my friends have an obsession with this album and band for a while. This album had been released earlier, but like The Dresden Dolls got a label push and later released as a two-disc. The ol' chestnut goes, "You have your whole life to write your first album and.." Well, yeah. Max Bemis is a victim of this if there ever was one. These songs are narrative, dramatic, passionate, pissed, anxious. The only thing I can compare it to is "Hedwig and the Angry Itch." It's a grand opus and one of my all-time favorite albums. Every track is perfect. Buy it here.
The Streets "A Grand Don't Come For Free" - The Cell Phone Poet, Mike Skinner. Not always hit, but when he did, he did. It's interesting music and lyrics delivered as very British hip-hop. This was the second of six albums Mr. Skinner did under the guise of The Streets and it was pretty much downhill after that. You can hear it getting progressively bored on with each album, but "Blinded By The Lights", "Dry Your Eyes" a song he managed to get Chris Martin from Coldplay to sing on and "Fit But You Know It" are all worth the price of admission. Buy it here.
The Zutons "Who Killed...The Zutons" - This one is for the 70's music fans, but damn, it's good. Another one with not one bad track on it. They are a Liverpool band, but you wouldn't think Kentucky on first listen. A casual blues-rock feel, ya know, heavy, but genuinely great tracks here. "pressure Point", "Havana Gang Brawl", though I could float down a river and listen to "Remember Me" on repeat for hours. This is a perfect Summer album. Buy it here.
The Libertines "The Libertines" - Sure Pete Doherty shot his blood out of a syringe at someone, but it was for at and we all have hobbies. The tabloids: sometimes they ruin things, sometimes they empower things. I have no idea what they made me think about The Libertines. I just tuned out the antics and the drugs and that Pete dated Amy Winehouse. This is the third album on the list I would call perfect. There just isn't a bad song here. The music meets the verse so well. All bands make their music differently and I am sure there is some mad story on how this album was made, but I don't care to know it. It would ruin it for me. A grand rock record: passive aggressive, anti, lustful, disappointed, confused. Buy it here.
I think I will leave this list how it is...for now. There are some honorable mentions like Washington Social Club, Scissor Sisters, The Kills amazing album "No Wow", The Honeymoon, Handsome Boy Modeling School (I have framed, autographed poster that will never not be hung on a wall wherever I may be residing), Graham Rabbit, The Go! Team's "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" taught me I can like pop music, The French Kicks song "One More Time" is patient-cool and The Faint's "Wet From Birth" - damn, that's a great album, too. Their best.
That's what was happening over and underground ten years ago in "Modern Rock." It was the year local boy, Ken Jennings, began his 74 game winning streak on "Jeopardy and people still liked Lance Armstrong.
Think about it...is music better or worse ten years later?
Last Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more!
In today's installment, we have The Maine who explain why they have about 80 pairs of socks on tour with them currently, Warped royalty Roger from Less Than Jake, and the painted faces behind The Protomen.
Listen to the interviews and read a short write up below!
Pat & Kennedy
From: Phoenix, Arizona
--- Staying Clean on Warped Tour ---
Kennedy: It’s that pack of like 8 shirts from Walmart. Seriously. I just wear then until they’re gross, then I cut the sleeves off ‘em, wear them as a tank then…
Pat: In the trash
Richie: Is that what you do as well, Pat?
Kennedy: He’s been wearing that shirt for a month
Pat: I took a shower last night so, I’m uh not doing bad. [Smells his pits] It’s alright.
Kennedy: It’s very much like that. I feel like on this tour especially, you feel like you’re on a campground every single day. You’re kind of away from the general society. For us, this last part of the tour has been a lot of shows in a row. We did ten shows right before our day off yesterday. So yesterday we felt almost like culture shock just being back in a normal city and walking around and doing stuff.
--- Ecstatic Fans ---
Pat: Honestly for us, just having people that support what we do as a band is exciting. So the fact that they’re energized and they’re excited to tell their friends about our band, I mean, you couldn’t ask for a better group of fans. … Pat: There’s honestly like so many things they know and they find out about us. Just thinks that somehow become a thing. Like I’ve probably gotten 80 pairs of socks on this tour, all from fans. [Shows Richie his shark socks.]
Richie: Oh those are killer!
Pat: Yeah they’re acutlaly killer.
Richie: Yeah they’re killer sharks.
Pat: I’ve probably gotten close to 80 pairs just on this tour and it just kind of became a thing. I’ve never said bring me socks. And actually just before I came over here, I was hanging out at the merch table and a girl handed me a big with 15 pairs of funky socks.
--- New Music in 2015 ---
Pat: We’re going out in to the middle of the desert probably in November of this year and we’re gonna record a new record, and it’ll be out in some point in 2015…It’s actually this crazy looking house. It’s like a giant dome. And we’re gonna get all the good vibes we can.
Kennedy: It’s a space ship. The aliens built it.
Less Than Jake
--- New Generation of Fans ---
We're around 22 years right now, it's crazy man. We have parents bringing their kids out and being like 'I saw you guys play when I was twenty and now I'm bringing my ten year old daughter to come see you guys play' and you're like wow, it's become a generational thing. It's mind-blowing.
--- Being on Warped Tour Again ---
Honestly, it's Kevin Lyman. We've had a great relationship with him for a really long time. When this tour started, it was really punk rock at it's core. All the production and all the people working this tour we've known for years, we're friends with them. It's a very comfortable place for us to be, this is easy. We understand what's going on out here, it's good to have some perks after being out here for so long. It's a great tour to do. Who knows, music has changed so much, there's not really a lot of punk rock out here. A lot of the bands are more modern and more screaming and what have you, but that's what the kids are listening to. Warped Tour morphs pretty quickly. Who knows if we'll ever been here again but this year, actually it's been a blast. There's been some bands out here that, I never really got to see The Story So Far before they're a great band live. A band called Four Years Strong, that I'd only heard a couple songs of but I've been watching them all summer, blowing me away. Even for me, I've been out here a long time, there's still stuff to discover, it's still a good time.
--- Keeping the Shows Interesting ---
We try to mix it up. We're known for our stuff that came out in the late 90's and that's cool. We're still making records, we put out with a record last year, we still put out singles, we have a single out right now. And just kind of being interesting with merch and with playing new shows and new possibilities. For example, we're going to go play in Russia right after the Warped Tour and we've never been there before, been a band for twenty two years and that's never happened. So, there's still new discoveries to be made and to us it's still an adventure.
--- Giving Advice to Other Bands ---
Sometimes you become friends with some younger bands and then you find yourself holding court a little bit, giving some ideas or what you went through or some opinions and stuff. But it's funny because we're towards the end of the tour and now is where a lot of these guys in younger bands are like 'man, I've been scared to talk to you the whole tour but I listened to your record when I was in Jr. High'.
--- Full make up ---
I wash it off and it's still there five days later.
--- Band name ---
It's actually a play on the character Proto Man from a video game from 1987-ish. It was a game called Mega Man, you remember it, really good game with a sweet soundtrack. We basically just took that game idea, the story of that, and said eh, we can make that story a lot meaner and make it more like Escape From New York or Mad Max. Kind of make the whole thing an anti-hero tough epic, sweet update of that story line. We just kind of did that with music.
--- Band history ---
Our first song was written in 2003, and the next year we played the first show. So I guess technically, [we've been together] since 2004, then we started touring in 2006. Our first tour was from Nashville to Los Angeles, it was a dumb, dumb idea. Just straight from Nashville let's not do any cities in between, let's paint our faces and just start driving to L.A., smart. And our bus blew up on the way.
Summer may be coming to a close, most of the summer concerts are coming to an end, but that only means that it is time to get ready for fall tours. Some of the best concerts in Salt Lake City happen in the fall and we’re not just saying that because the Big Ass Show is happening in the fall this year. Here is a taste of what to expect for the rest of the year:
1. Fall Out Boy & Paramore: Monumentour Where: UCCU Center When: Wednesday, August 13th Pop-punk giants Fall Out Boy and Paramore have joined forces to present the Monumentour with their friends New Politics. The tour started June 19th in Connecticut and will end August 17th in Concord, California; which makes Salt Lake City one of their final stops. Expect big things from this tour since both bands are coming off of the biggest album releases of their careers. Fall Out Boy with Save Rock and Roll, which contains one of the highest played songs of 2013 “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark(Light Them Up).” And Paramore with their most commercially successful album yet, Paramore, with the two massive singles “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun”; with the latter song spending seven straight weeks as #1 on Billboard. You can get tickets here.
2. The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, & Stiff Little Fingers: The Summer Nationals Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: August 26th Back in 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored the Summer National, a three day soldout event at the Hollywood Platinum. This event was led by The Offpsring, who at the time just released the monstrous album Smash, alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise. Now the boys are back at it again, but instead of doing a three day stint in southern California, they are taking the Summer Nationals across the nation. And they are bringing their friends Stiff Little Fingers along for the ride. The Offspring will be playing their iconic album, Smash; which features the hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem” and still holds the record for the highest selling independent album. They will play their other classics as well. You can get your tickets here.
3. The Aquabats! 20th Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Depot When: September 5th The Aquabats are back in action and saving the world this year with their 20th year anniversary Tour. The band will be celebrating 20 glorious years of their special brand of world-saving, cartoony, ska/punk music. The last time they were in Utah was on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, in which they spent the better part of their set beating up dudes in cactus costumes on stage and throwing water balloons at the crowd. If you are looking to get into the ska scene, then this is the perfect show for you. You can get tickets here.
4. Coheed & Cambria Neverender IKSSE:3 Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: September 12 This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Coheed & Cambria’s sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. They will be playing the album in its entirety, from start to finish. The tour start September 5 in Riverside, California and end October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. They will be bringing Thank You Scientist as support. You can buy tickets here.
5. X96 Toyota Big Ass Show Where: Gallivan Center When: Saturday September 27th You didn’t think we’d skip over the Big Ass Show did you? The Big Ass Show bands are Neon Trees, A Day To Remember, Phantogram, Capital Cities, Broods, Nightmare and The Cat, and Priory (with more bands to be announced). When A Day To Remember came to Salt Lake City last year on their House Party Tour, the band went across the crowd in a giant hamster ball, had giant pillars of smoke going off behind them, shot giant cannons of confetti into the crowd and pulled off many of theatrics. There’s no telling what kind of shenanigans they will pull of at the Gallivan Center this year. Neon Trees have also upped the production value of their shows on their last tour, the Pop Psychology Tour, with a crazy colorful stage and elaborate lighting designs. Capital Cities was also a favorite of last year’s show, amazing the crowd with their choreographed dance moves. You can get more details on the bands here and where to purchase the $9.60 tickets that go on sale Friday. You can purchase normal priced tickets here.
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember last fall on their "House Party Tour"
6. Anberlin: The Final Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: Friday October 17th Yes, unfortunately, Anberlin is calling it quits this year. The band announced this news earlier this year, saying that 2014 will be the last year of Anberlin. However, they aren’t leaving without one last world tour. Salt Lake City will be on the last leg of their world tour, but only because they are saving the best for last, right? Do not miss out on Anberlin’s final show in a city that they have heralded as their favorite city for years. The band has stated there will be one special guest in certain cities. So, there is a possibility that this will be an Anberlin only show. Tickets go on sale Friday. You can purchase them here. Richie T just spoke with the guitarists of Anberlin, during Warped Tour, you can view it on Meet The Bands.
7. Relient K: Mmhmm 10 Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Complex (The Grand) When: November 5th This year also marks the tenth year of Relient K’s breakout album, Mmhmm, which took the band from obscurity and launched them into the spotlight with hits such as “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.” They will be playing this record in full, from start to finish and are bringing Blondfire and From Indian Lakes as support. You can get tickets here.
8. Black Keys Turn Blue World Tour When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: Maverik Center
It’s not often that giant grammy-winning rock acts stop by in Salt Lake City. However, The Black Keys have made sure to put us on their map. They will tour in support of their new album, Turn Blue, and Jake Bugg will be playing as their support. They announced the tour as a mock-infomercial via a Mike Tyson tweet. You can get tickets here.
9. Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: The Complex (Rockwell)
You don’t see two bands from entirely different genres co-headline a tour together very often, but pop-punkers Yellowcard and post-hardcore rockers Memphis May Fire are determined to make it work. Yellowcard is out to support their new album, Lift A Sail, which they are claiming is their most ambitious and hardest albums yet and Memphis May Fire released the biggest and best selling album of their career, Unconditional. They are bringing Emarosa along with them, who is also coming out with a new album, titled Versus. Richie T sat down with the boys from Yellowcard during the Vans Warped Tour to talk about their new album, you can listen to it on Meet The Bands. You can get tickets here.
There are, of course, many more concerts coming to Salt Lake this fall. You can check it out by clicking the concert tab here on our website. What shows are you looking forward to the most?
This Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we'll be releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more!
Our first installment includes Echosmith - the family band behind the summer hit "Cool Kids", and local Warped Tour competition winners Sea Swallowed Us Whole. Clips of the interviews are below.
Head over to MeetTheBands.com to see the full interviews!
— This ain’t your typical family road trip —
Jamie: I think people get in their mind the idea of a family road trip, like what we’re doing is an endless family road trip. The big difference for us is that we’re all working and we’re not just being forced to be in a car together. We’re all doing it by choice and working towards a common goal, so it’s a different aspect than being on a 2-year road trip. We’re all actually working. When we’re all working, we’re all working together. When we all want to relax, we’re all relaxing together.
Sea Swallowed Us Whole
— Inspiration from the Provo Music Scene —
Chris: We recorded our last EP – the one that’s coming out on August 16 – we recorded it with our producer, Stetson Whitworth, and he’s actually pretty good friends with Quinn [from The Used]…So I have actually gotten a few chances where Quinn’s been in the studio – cuz they’re friends – and he’s sat down with me a few times and honestly has inspired me, in terms of being a musician. Especially coming from Utah, he helped realize that Utah bands can make it. You just have to be The Used or better.
Word has been spreading about Duran Duran suing their fan club. I don't know what I'm more suprised about. The fact that Duran Duran still has a fan club, or how they still have time to sue their fan club. What with all the time they spend hanging out on Todd Nuke 'Em's iPod.
But yeah, Duran Duran has officially taken issue with their fan club, and are heading to court. Please, God. Let this one end up on Judge Joe Brown.
I ASK YOU FOR SO LITTLE
But Todd (and other fans) can rest easy. Duran Duran is reassuring their audience that their lawsuit isn't aimed at them. The band has posted a statement to their website saying they "value and respect their many fans around the world." The group explains that the lawsuit is to protect their rights against the company that had been hired to manage their fan club --- not the fans themselves. Duran Duran adds that they're no longer working with WorldWide Fan Club Inc, but has "brought their official fan community in-house." They add that they will "continue to make every effort to provide the highest level of service" to their followers. Which makes me ask the question:
What the HELL does a Duran Duran fan club do?
I mean, there were only so many Duran Duran songs, and the true fans already have them. How many times can you hear about Rio dancing in the sand before you move on to some Midnight Oil or Information Society.
Bet you didn't know that song was about a camel.
In an Ordinary World, this would be handled in a friendly manner. But This is Planet Earth, and they are Notorious for being Wild Boys. Perhaps it was a Reflex, but Duran Duran got Hungry Like The Wolf and filed a breach of contract suit against WorldWide in a Chicago area court last Friday. However, many headlines in the U.S. and Britain this week stated that the group was suing their "own fan club." Which is a Big Thing ...Girls On Film.. I could't figure out a way to work that one in, but I like that song.
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